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Johnson / Children and School Desegregation

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Interviewer: I was just trying to get ages for the desegregation period. Johnson: This was around ten years after the fifty-four thing. They had started it in Bryan. Of course, what they did, they picked certain grades to bring in to mix. My oldest girl was in this mix in Bryan, but they were not treated fairly. They went over there, but somehow or other, it was kind of a bad scene. Here, Waller County has a hateful record. I guess you see (inaudible), but they were part of breaking the barrier. Dealing with the barrier as it were here, yeah. Like I said, my youngest son was not old enough to start in Bryan. That was in, what, 1969. He became of age to go to school. My oldest girl finished in about 1972. That’s when I quit here and went to work at Texas Southern, but yeah, they attended Waller ISD and was in this movement to desegregate.

Interview Interview with James E. Johnson
Subjects Discrimination or Segregation
Education › Education and Integration
Education › Education and Integration › Pairing for School Integration
Education › Education and Integration › Resistance to School Integration
Court Cases › Brown v. Board of Education
Court Cases › School Desegregation Cases
Tags Texas Southern University
Waller ISD
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Interview date 2015-07-21
Interview source CRBB Summer 2015
Interviewees Johnson, James E.
Interviewers Acuña-Gurrola, Moisés
Bynum, Katherine
Locations Bryan, TX
Waller County, TX
Duration 00:02:09
Citation "Children and School Desegregation," from James E. Johnson oral history interview with Moisés Acuña-Gurrola and Katherine Bynum,  July 21, 2015, Prairie View, TX , Civil Rights in Black and Brown Interview Database,, accessed April 17, 2024